Wednesday's MAC Men's Soccer Results

Updated 10/14/2010
Wednesday's MAC Men's Soccer Results
Butler 5, Bowling Green 0
Michigan State 5, Western Michigan 0
Akron 2, Penn State 1 (2OT)
Northern Illinois 2, Northwestern 0

Game stories courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

Butler 5, Bowling Green 0
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Host Butler University proved to be worthy of its national top-10 ranking, scoring three first-half goals en route to a 5-0 win over the Bowling Green State University men's soccer team Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 13).  The non-conference game was held at the Butler Bowl.  

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 11-0-0 on the season.  Butler is the only remaining unbeaten, untied team in NCAA Division I.  The Falcons, who see a two-game winning streak come to an end, drop to 4-5-2 overall.  

Butler, ranked No. 8 in the country in several national polls and ninth in two others, scored three times in a 10-minute span midway through the first half.  Five different players found the back of the net for the Bulldogs.  

Austin Oldham began the scoring, taking a pass from Adekunle Oluyedun and converting from directly in front of the goal.  Oldham's goal, just over 16 minutes into the match, proved to be the winner.  

Julian Cardona doubled the Bulldogs' lead just over four minutes later.  Matt Hedges began the scoring play, sending a pass forward to Kyle Pateros.  Pateros found Cardona in front of the net, and Cardona slipped a shot past BGSU junior Miguel Rosales.  

Ben Sippola, BU's leading scorer, got his team-high seventh goal of the year just under six minutes after Cardona's marker.  Sippola finished a cross from Brett Heinz, giving the hosts a 3-0 lead at the half.  

Tyler Pollock was involved in the scoring of both BU goals in the second period, scoring from 10 yards out with just over 55 minutes gone, then setting up Adam Glanzer in the 72nd minute of play.  

Jon Dawson made four saves to earn the shutout for the Bulldogs.  For the Brown and Orange, Rosales had two stops.  Butler had a 17-9 advantage in total shot attempts, including a 7-4 edge in shots on goal.  

BGSU will return to the road this weekend, heading to Oneonta, N.Y., for a Mid-American Conference game against Hartwick College on Saturday night (Oct. 16).  Hartwick is a MAC affiliate member for men's soccer.  That match begins at 7:00 p.m. at Elmore Field.

Michigan State 5, Western Michigan 0
EAST LANSING, Mich.- Playing in rainy, dreary conditions, Western Michigan dropped a 5-0 decision to No. 21 Michigan State Wednesday in East Lansing. The Broncos played a man down the majority of the game after a red card 17 minutes into the contest.

"I don't think the scoreline is a fair reflection of the game at all," said WMU head coach Stu Riddle. "There were two crucial moments in the game today, conceding three minutes into the game and losing a man after 15 minutes.

"I look back at the last 75 minutes and I am proud of the fight we showed. With the score 1-0 we hit the crossbar and in the second half matched them with eight shots. We learn from it and move on. There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves and we have another match on Sunday."

Bronco defender Yllson Asani was sent off at 16:42 after a hard foul outside the box and WMU was forced to play the rest of the game with 10 on the field. WMU withstood the pressure through the rest of the first half however, and trailed just 1-0 at the half.

The speedy Spartan attack had Western Michigan's defense out of sorts early and Michigan State took advantage. Failing to clear the ball out of the back field, Western Michigan allowed the first goal with just 3:25 off the clock. Rubin Bega centered the ball and slide it through to Cyrus Saydee on the right for a 1-0 Spartan advantage. Spencer Thompson also had an assist the play.

Western Michigan's best offensive opportunities came within the first three minutes of the second half. Pat Schiffer had a header ring off the crossbar, which fell to C.J. Brown on the backside. Brown's shot was stopped on a diving attempt by MSU goalie Avery Steinlage.

More misfortune struck the Bronco side midway through the second half when starting midfielder Darren Jones had to leave with injury.

Michigan State (9-3-0) tacked on its second goal in the 65th minute. Bronco keeper Sean Lewis made a save on a breakaway, but MSU scored on the ensuing corner kick when Brent Rosendall headed in service from Mark Barone.

Jeff Ricondo netted a third goal in the 68th minute, prompting Riddle to remove the majority of his starters in the non-conference contest. Rosendall scored his second goal of the game and Tim Kreutz added a goal as well in the 10 final minutes. The Spartans are undefeated (6-0) at home this season.

Lewis totaled four saves while freshman Derek Schrauben made a team save. Sophomore Shane Lyons led the Brown & Gold with five shots, MSU outshot the Broncos, 16-12.

Western Michigan (7-4-1) continues its non-conference road trip at Western Illinois Sunday at 2 p.m.

Akron 2, Penn State 1 (2OT)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A penalty kick by junior Michael Nanchoff in the 107th minute lifted the No. 1 University of Akron men's soccer team to a 2-1, double overtime victory over Penn State Wednesday night at Jeffrey Field.

The come-from-behind win marked the Zips' first over Penn State in University Park since 1988 and extended their regular-season road win streak to 22 games (19-0-3), dating back to the 2008 season. With the win, UA improved to 10-0-1 while PSU fell to 8-4-0.

Junior Darlington Nagbe, who found space after receiving a long pass, produced the game's decisive moment when he was brought down in the box by Penn State goal keeper Brendan Birmingham 15 yards from goal. Nanchoff's kick, which came in the seventh minute of the second overtime period, completed UA's comeback and was his second successful penalty kick in as many chances this fall.

For just the second time all season, UA had to play catch-up after PSU's Cory Hertzog netted the game's first goal in the sixth minute.

But the Zips wasted little time responding with the equalizer coming just one minute later. Nanchoff sent a ball over the top where it found Nagbe, who timed his run perfectly and found the net for the fourth time this season. 

The second half produced no goals, although both teams had chances.

In particular, the Zips had two opportunities in the closing minutes of regulation but Birmingham was up to the task. Junior Kofi Sarkodie sent in a blast from the right corner of the box in the 89th minute but was denied by Birmingham. Then, seconds later, Nanchoff sent a shot from the left side destined for the far side netting, but Birmingham made a one-handed save while diving to his left to send the match to overtime.

The first overtime produced no chances, despite UA holding possession throughout the period. In all, the Zips outshot the Nittany Lions, 17-15, and David Meves made four saves in the match.

The Zips return to the friendly confines of Lee Jackson Field Saturday for a Mid-American Conference match against Buffalo. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET)

Northern Illinois 2, Northwestern 0
EVANSTON, Ill. - Freshman Mino Kayser tallied two assists and Mike Mascitti scored his first career goal, helping the Northern Illinois men's soccer team to a 2-0 win at Northwestern, Wednesday night at Lakeside Field.

"Northwestern doesn't give up a lot of goals, so to come to their field and score two goals is a great accomplishment for our team," NIU head coach Eric Luzzi said.

The Huskies improved to 6-4-2 with the win, their third consecutive and second this season over an opponent from the Big Ten Conference. NIU is now 2-0-0 against the Big Ten this year, with a 4-1 aggregate score in those matches. Northwestern fell to 6-5-1 with the loss, which snapped a three-match Wildcat winning streak.

Northern Illinois notched its sixth shutout of the season, limiting Northwestern to nine shots.

"Northwestern is also capable of scoring a lot," Luzzi said. "Our guys in the back limited their chances and made it difficult for them."

The Huskies went into halftime leading 1-0 on the strength of Mascitti's 18th minute goal. After a Northwestern foul 15 yards past midfield, Kayser launched a free kick into the box. The ball lofted over every defender in the area to the far post, where Mascitti was waiting unmarked. The redshirt freshman took one touch to settle the ball before blasting it into the back of the net for his first Huskie score.

Sophomore keeper Jordan Godsey made a pair of highlight saves in the first half to keep NIU ahead. The first stopped a right-footed volley by Piero Bellizzi in the 12th minute. Godsey also halted an attempt by Kyle Schickel with a diving stop in the 26th. Godsey totaled three saves in the period, which saw NIU outshoot the Wildcats 8-5.

NIU secured the win with a goal in the 81st. Kayser played the ball from the corner to Luis Mojica, who arced it into the box where Finn Jor headed home.

Godsey added two more spectacular saves in the second, stopping a pair off shots from inside the box. In the 63rd, Matt Eliason took a strike from 10 yards out that Godsey got in front in. Twenty minutes later, Jason Drews fired another shot from inside the 18-yard box, but Godsey again made the stop to prevent any thought of a Wildcat comeback.

The win stands as the second over Northwestern in the last four seasons, and the first victory over the Wildcats at Lakeside Field since 2000.

NIU will take the momentum of the win into a crucial four-match stretch against Mid-American Conference opponents, three of which are on the road. The Huskies open the string of conference games at Florida Atlantic, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.